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SHORES OF ARABIA & INDIA

Soak up breathtaking beauty on this inviting voyage, with extra insight provided by eminent Guest Speakers

7 Nov 2016 - 16 DAYS FROM £1399

Exotic Muscat, glittering Dubai and the dramatic Musandam Peninsula – your adventures begin in Arabia before setting sail to discover authentic India in picturesque Porbandar. Experience the bustle of the big city of Mumbai with its plentiful attractions and, when it’s time for a change of pace, glorious Goa, the beautiful backwaters of Kerala and stunning Sri Lanka offer the perfect combination of intriguing sights and laid-back charm.

  • MUSCAT
  • DUBAI
  • KHASAB
  • PORBANDAR
  • MUMBAI
  • MARMAGAO
  • COCHIN
  • COLOMBO
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MUSCAT, OMAN - 7th November (overnight) - 8th November 7PM
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Framed by rugged mountains and the sparkling sea, Muscat is arguably the most exotic city on the Arabian Peninsula. The Oman capital preserves its cultural heritage while embracing a contemporary spirit, with ancient fortifications, royal palaces and modernistic architecture amongst its attractions. From here visit the country’s former capital, Nizwa, one the oldest cities of the Sultanate, to discover historic monuments, handicrafts and an extensive souk, and marvel at the unique, unspoilt beauty of the surrounding countryside.

AT SEA 9th November
DUBAI, UAE - 10th November 7AM - 11PM
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Once a humble fishing village, Dubai has, in just 60 years, become one of the world’s most desirable cities. Embrace the traditional souks and markets in its picturesque heritage sites and wonder at its staggering, ambitious and record-breaking architecture. Gracing the city’s glittering skyline are the world’s tallest building, a shopping mall boasting an indoor ski resort and a sail-shaped 7-star hotel.

KHASAB, OMAN - 11th November 8AM - 5PM
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With a dramatic coastline and abundance of spectacular, steep-sided fjords, Oman’s Musandam Peninsula is called the ‘Norway of Arabia’. Lose yourself in the beauty of this remote region, which offers the most stunning scenery in the Gulf. Khasab, the lively little main town of the province, along with the ancient town of Bukha offer centuries-old forts and a compelling glimpse into the essence of Arabia.

AT SEA 12th - 13th November
PORBANDAR, INDIA - 14th November 8AM - 2:30PM
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Famed as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, Porbandar is a coastal city that gives a true insight into authentic India. Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this rich port, which once belonged to the Jethwa Rajputs, a dynasty that ruled vast areas of the Kathiawar peninsula for hundreds of years.

MUMBAI, INDIA - 15th November 1:30AM - 16th November 5PM
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Mumbai is an exciting metropolis of more than 20 million people, defined by its exuberance, energy, friendly people and cultural diversity. The UNESCO-listed Elephanta Caves – a magnificent labyrinth of cave-temples containing exquisite Hindu and Buddhist rock art – and the majestic Babulnath Temple, which sits 1,000 feet above sea level and features intricately carved interiors – are amongst the treasures to linger over during your overnight stay.

MARMAGAO, INDIA - 17th November 12PM - 8:30PM
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Conquered by the Portuguese in the early 16th century, and returned to India in 1961, Goa boasts an intriguing history. Its golden beaches and lush vegetation also make it a wonderful place to relax. Stroll the streets of its main port, Marmagao, to experience an exotic city studded with vibrant Hindu temples and majestic Christian churches.

AT SEA 18th November
COCHIN, INDIA - 19th November 7:30AM - 8PM
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Kerala’s cosmopolitan capital, Cochin, is the most important port in Southern India and has been a major trading centre since before Roman times. Cultures from three continents have all left their mark and their legacy is reflected in the city’s rich heritage – giant Chinese fishing nets, ancient mosques and Portuguese palaces are just some of the attractions here. It’s also your gateway to Kerala’s tranquil backwaters – a beautiful interlinked body of waterways known as the ‘Venice of the East’ where a striking showcase of traditional rural life can be glimpsed.

AT SEA 20th November
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA - 21st November 7:30AM - 22nd November
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A unique mix of relics from its Portuguese, Dutch and English settlements, blended with Indian influences, make Colombo an intriguing destination. Unwind in this colourful city on the Indian Ocean with its laid-back ambience and diverse attractions including colonial architecture, designer shops and lush gardens.

Omani visas will be arranged by our ground agents and charged to your onboard account.

Visas for India and Sri Lanka must be arranged prior to your travel. A multiple entry visa is required for India.

MUSCAT | OMAN

Conveniently located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, Oman boasts miles of undisturbed coastline,
pristine golden sand beaches, a shimmering blue ocean, magnificent mountains, ancient ruins and the undulating
splendour of a desert. This unique, unspoilt beauty is complimented by legendary Omani hospitality. The capital
Muscat is dramatically set with mountains on one side and the Arabian Gulf on the other. Shahrazad’s stories from
‘1001 Nights’ come alive in the city that is a window on the mystique of the Sultanate of Oman.

MUSCAT IMPRESSIONS

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-MCT3
Highlights:

• Panoramic sightseeing with photo stops at the Sultan Al Alam Palace, Jalali and Mirani forts.
• Visit Bait Al Zubair Museum & the Grand Mosque
• Shopping opportunity at the souk

Since 1970 His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said has presided over an unprecedented period of modernisation and national renaissance, whilst retaining a strong sense of heritage and culture. Nowhere in Oman is this better illustrated than the capital Muscat. Drive on the beautiful palm-lined beachfront promenade to the capital famous for its cleanliness, spacious parks and roadways lined with green lawns and flowers. Stop for photos of the Sultan’s Al Alam Palace flanked by the Portuguese forts of Jalali and Mirani constructed in 1552. Visit Bait Al Zubair Museum. This once historic residence now displays many fine exhibits of Omani history and culture. True to its name the Grand Mosque is the grandest of monuments in the region and one of the finest in the world. Visit the mosque and marvel at the exquisite interior with a stunning 20-tonne Swarowski chandelier decorating the centre of the room. From this magnificent building you’ll continue to Muttrah famous for its Souq. The unique Khanjar, traditional pottery, ethnic silver jewellery, paintings, perfumed oils, bronze coffee pots, frankincense and traditional incense burners on display make wonderful souvenirs.

Practical Info:

• Walking approximately 1 kilometre
• Primarily flat, paved walkways
• Total approximately 20 steps
• US$, Euros, UK £ and all major credit cards accepted in the souks
• Recommend comfortable footwear & conservative dress (no shorts, short skirts, beachwear, sleeveless or backless outfits)
• Ladies must wear a headscarf when entering the Grand Mosque
• Photography not permitted in the museum

MYSTICAL DHOW CRUISE

DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
REF: V-MCT4
Highlights:

• Leisurely dhow cruise with views of the Omani coastline
• Sampling Arab dates

Hand made wooden dhows still made today by local craftsmen bear testament to Oman’s tradition as a great seafaring nation. They used to plough the sea routes between Oman, Iran, the Arab Emirates, India and other neighbouring countries laden with exotic goods and merchandise. Sinbad the Sailor sailed in them from the coastal town of Sur where they are still being built today. Your unique experience of cruising along Oman’s coastline starts at the Marina where you step aboard a dhow. Seated on the upper open-air deck enjoy wonderful views and the hot Omani sun while sipping refreshments and sampling Arab dates served by waiters dressed in traditional Omani costume.

Practical Info:

• Journey time to Marina 15 minutes (each way)
• 90 minute cruise
• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Approximately 10 steps
• Series of wooden stairs throughout the dhow’s decks
• Not wheelchair accessible
• Toilets on board
• Recommend non-slip footwear, sunhat & sunscreen
• Conservative dress required (no shorts, short skirts, sleeveless or backless tops)

MUSCAT, NIZWA & OMANI COUNTRYSIDE

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-MCT5
Highlights:

• Drive through the heart of beautiful Omani countryside
• Visit Nizwa fort
• Buffet lunch in Nizwa
• Photo stop at the Grand Mosque

The former capital of Oman features in this tour that penetrates some remarkable Middle Eastern countryside. Several small traditional villages and towns dot the route inland from Muscat to Nizwa. Stop for photos of Fanja as you travel between the stark mountain range of the Hajar and green, cultivated slopes of the Jabal Akhdar Mountains. In Nizwa enjoy the meticulously renovated 17th century fort. Fine panoramic views of the town are unveiled from the top of its 40-metre high tower, which at 50 metres across is the widest in the country. Look down on ancient, traditional souks surrounding the fort where artisans specialising in gold and silver trade. Browse for a special souvenir through the myriad curios that include traditional pottery, ethnic silver jewellery, paintings, perfumed oils, bronze coffee pots, traditional incense burners and even the Khanjar – a curved silver dagger worn by Omani men on ceremonial and cultural occasions. A delicious buffet lunch is served in one of Nizwa’s hotels before you return to Muscat. A brief orientation drive will familiarise you with the country’s present day capital and a stop in front of the Grand Mosque allows you to capture on film a final image of this memorable day.

Practical Info:

• Journey time 2 hours (each way)
• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Partially sloping ground with gravel and rough terrain at the fort
• Approximately 15 steps
• Recommend comfortable, non slip footwear
• Long sleeves & full length trousers required for both men and women
• Shops in the souk accept US$

DUBAI | UAE

The city of Dubai lies on the northern coastline of the Emirate of Dubai, which is located south east of the
Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. Dubai was formally established in 1833 by Sheikh Maktoum bin Buti al
Maktoum. Its strategic location made Dubai a significant trading hub and by the beginning of the 20th century
it was an important port. Although Dubai’s economy was built on oil, its main revenues are now from tourism,
real estate and financial services. Global, cosmopolitan and the most expensive city in the Middle East, Dubai is
symbolic for its ambitious building projects including man-made islands and soaring skyscrapers.

SAFARI WITH BBQ

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-DXB6
Highlights:

• Exciting 4 x 4 jeep ride through the dunes of the Dubai desert
• Visit to a camel farm
• Desert adventures at a campsite (optional)
• Barbeque under the stars

Enjoy an exciting dune drive in a 4 x 4 jeep as you cross the desert of Dubai. Your destination is a camel farm where you’ll learn about the magnificent beasts often called the ships of the desert as a reflection of their importance to Arab trade, and the rocking motion experienced when riding them. Continue your drive across the vast desert stopping to watch the beautiful sunset before reaching a desert campsite. You may also want to try out a henna design on your hands or your feet. After working up an appetite relax and enjoy a delicious barbeque dinner and a shisha – traditional Arabian water pipe. Your evening concludes with a belly dancer performing around the campfire by starlight.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 1 hour
• Desert dune ride approximately 25 minutes
• Minimal walking in the desert
• Recommend sturdy shoes, hat, sunglasses & sunscreen. A light wrap for the cool evening
• The sand dune ride is bumpy and not recommended for participants with a bad back or pregnant ladies
• Passengers wishing to participate in this excursion will be required to sign a waiver

A WALK IN THE CLOUDS

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-DXB2
Highlights:

• Visit ‘At The Top’ of Burj Khalifa
• Time at leisure in The Dubai Mall

The tallest tower in the world, Burj Khalifa is Dubai’s crowning glory. No building in modern history has aroused so much curiosity. Your visit ‘At The Top’ will answer all your questions. Your journey starts at the Dubai Mall where a 65-metre long walkway transports you through time, from the earliest days of Dubai to the present. A multi-media presentation chronicles the citystate’s colourful history and is interspersed with the fascinating story of Burj Khalifa itself. Then you’ll take the high-speed elevator, which ascends at 10 metres per second to the observation deck on Level 124. As the doors open floor to ceiling glass walls provide breathtaking 360º views of the city, desert and ocean sprawled beneath. If you wish you can step out onto the open-air terrace to enjoy a unique perspective of the sweeping vistas around. There is time to shop’ At The Top’ for a truly special souvenir of your visit. Finally enjoy time at leisure in The Dubai Mall – the largest outside North America.

Practical Info:

• Journey time 30 minutes by coach (each way) plus a 15 minute transfer on foot
• Walking approximately 1 kilometre plus free time
• Escalators and polished tiled floors inside Dubai Mall
• Minimal steps
• Free time for lunch in the mall (not included)
• Bags are not permitted ‘At The Top’ of Burj Khalifa. Only a personal camera.
• Recommend comfortable footwear & modest dress (covered arms and legs)

DUBAI THE GOLDEN CITY

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-DXB4
Highlights:

• Panoramic sightseeing with photo stops
• Visit to Al Bastakiya and the Dubai Museum
• Walk through the Spice Souk
• Time at leisure in the Gold Souk

Sample the historic sites and vibrant, cosmopolitan life of Dubai on this comprehensive tour that starts with a photo stop by the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel. Your tour then continues to Jumeirah, the picturesque palace and residential area of Dubai that is home to the famous Jumeirah Mosque. Visit Al Bastakiya – the old part of Dubai, before continuing to the renowned Dubai Museum located in Al Fahidi Fort. Built in 1787, it is the oldest existing building in Dubai. Opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971, the museum’s exhibits illustrate the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai. Here you can see local antiquities, as well as artefacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai. It also includes several dioramas showing life in the Emirate before the advent of oil. Drive under the creek to the atmospheric Spice Souk and then take time to explore and maybe make a purchase in the Gold Souk – Dubai’s most famous landmark.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes
• Walking approximately 2 kilometres
• Mostly paved streets with some cobbled paths and thresholds. Low lighting and gentle incline inside Dubai Museum
• Minimal steps
• Recommend comfortable footwear and modest clothing (arms and legs must be covered)

DUBAI’S MODERN WONDERS

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-DXB5
Highlights:

• Panoramic sightseeing with photo stops at the city’s modern landmarks

Drive along the picturesque Jumeirah area and admire the many beautiful homes and modern-day palaces. The waterfront area also features some stunning landmarks and you’ll stop for photos near the iconic Burj Al Arab, a sail-shaped hotel built on a manmade island just off Dubai’s sandy shores. See Palm Jumeirah, the first in a trilogy of palm-shaped islands reclaimed off the coast of Dubai. Drive onto the ‘trunk’ for a closer inspection of its villa-encrusted ‘fronds’. Continue along the coast to the world’s largest artificial harbour – the Dubai Marina, and the sky-scraping condominiums of Jumeirah Beach Residence. See first-hand how a desert landscape has been transformed into a vibrant community in just a matter of years. You’ll pass along Sheikh Zayed Road, which is Dubai’s new business district where more attention-grabbing architectural marvels have put Dubai firmly on the ‘remarkable structures’ map. See the city’s popular Mall of the Emirates and snap photos of Ski Dubai. The region’s only indoor ski dome offers fresh real snow, all year around. In the Burj Dubai downtown district is the world’s tallest building. Soaring some 828 metres into the sky is the Burj Khalifa Tower.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes
• Walking approximately 950 metres to Burj Khalifa (Optional)
• Paved streets with gentle slopes and some polished tiling around Burj Khalifa
• Minimal steps
• Recommend comfortable footwear and modest clothing (arms and legs must be covered)

KHASAB | OMAN

Separated from the rest of the country by a swathe of the United Arab Emirates is Oman’s spectacular Musandam
Peninsula. Khasab is the regional centre of the Governorate of Musandam. The Portuguese built the city, which
overlooks the Strait of Hormuz towards Iran, in the 17th century at the height of their presence in the area. Access
to the area by land was virtually impossible until a modern coast road was built allowing fast access from the
United Arab Emirates. Today this popular tourist destination has with its juxtaposition of sea and mountains been
dubbed the ‘Norway of Arabia’.

ARABIAN FJORDS BY DHOW

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-KHS2
Highlights:

• Leisurely cruise aboard a wooden dhow amidst spectacular scenery
• Coffee/tea and soft drinks included on the dhow

Board a traditional Omani dhow for a wonderful cruise around the area often referred to as ‘Norway of Arabia’. Calm, turquoise waters contrast with creamy, white limestone cliff as you sail past small fishing villages. Look out for dolphins that often swim alongside dhows cruising the fjords. You’ll sail by Telegraph Island, which is where the British laid the first telegraph cable in 1864 running from India to Basra in Iraq. They manned the island for five years. Today it is best known for the personnel posted to this remote station who succumbed to madness. The dhow will anchor in the area just off Seebi Island where you can take a swim or simply sit back and enjoy the breathtaking views.

Practical Info:

• Motorised dhows are very basic
• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Steps to board the dhow and a ladder in/out of the water for those choosing to swim
• Limited seating under shade is available and toilet on board
• Sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed
• Snorkelling equipment is not provided
• Recommend non-slip shoes, swimwear under casual clothing & sun protection (towels not provided)

4 X 4 JEEP TO JEBEL HARIM MOUNTAIN

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-KHS3
Highlights:

• Stunning scenery of the peninsula’s interior
• Views from the summit of Jebel Harim

Enjoy some of Oman’s most stunning scenery on this 4 x 4 adventure to Jebel Harim – the Mountain of Women. At a height of just over 1,900 metres, Jebel Harim is the highest peak on the Musandam Peninsula. This exciting and breathtaking trip promises incredible vistas of terraced mountain villages, lush acacia forests and wadis. You’ll make a stop for photos of a Bedouin village. Surrounded by palm groves and at an elevation of almost a thousand metres, the village of Sayah is one of the most picturesque villages on the Musandam Peninsula. Enjoy this idyllic setting before you continue on winding mountain roads towards the summit of Jebel Harim. Your final stop is at an elevation of some 1,600 metres above sea level from where you can admire the grand panorama on display. The return drive takes you past the Al Khalidya Nature Park.

Practical Info:

• 4 x 4 vehicles are closed and air-conditioned
• Steep, winding mountain roads that can be bumpy
• Vehicles travel in convoy and one guide will provide explanations at the stops. Drivers have a limited command of English
• Walking at passengers’ discretion over rough, uneven ground
• There are no restrooms available for ‘comfort stops’ on this tour
• Recommend casual yet conservative clothing and flat, comfortable footwear
• Passengers wishing to participate in this excursion will be required to sign a waiver

KHASAB TOWN & BUKHA

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-KHS1
Highlights:

• Orientation of Khasab
• Visits to Khasab Fort & Bukha Fort
• Stunning scenery of the Musandam Peninsula

Discover parts of the beautiful Musandam Peninsula and its capital Khasab. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city before visiting Khasab Fort. The Portuguese built the fort in the 17th century to help prevent attacks from the sea as they sought dominion over maritime trade in the Strait of Hormuz. Teak wood from India was used in its construction and the roof was fashioned from a mix of palm leaves and clay. Within its low, crenulated walls, the fort contains a large central tower, which is thought to pre-date the fort itself. Today’s structure is the result of extensive restoration work carried out in the late 20th century. From the fort’s elevation you can enjoy some wonderful panoramic views before leaving the fort and taking the coastal road to Bukha, which borders the Emirate of Ras al Khaima. This leisurely drive offers some spectacular scenery and you’ll stop for some great photo opportunities in this ruggedly, beautiful region. Overlooking the sea and with a backdrop of mountains, Bukha Fort enjoys an attractive setting. Rising above Bukha is one of the area’s numerous watchtowers. Visit the fort before returning to Khasab with a stop for refreshments en route.

Practical Info:

• Journey time Khasab to Bukha approximately 1 hour (each way)
• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Rough, uneven ground
• Minimal steps
• Recommend comfortable walking shoes, conservative dress and sun protection

PORBANDAR | INDIA

Porbandar is a harbour town on the Arabian Sea in the western Indian state of Gujarat. The name is a
combination of two words ‘Porai’ and ‘Bandar’, which means port. Historically it was port of the Jetwa Rajputs
– a dynasty that ruled vast areas of the Kathiawad peninsula for approximately 2,000 years. Porbandar today is
typical of the ‘real’ India with poverty reflected in the scruffiness of the town that was the birthplace of Mahatma
Gandhi – Father of the Nation.

PORBANDAR CITY TOUR WITH TUK TUK

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-PBD2
Highlights:

• Visits to Sudama Chowk, Bharat Mandir and Sudama Mandir

On arrival into the pier your first views will be of the local fisher folk constructing ‘Dhow’s, these trawler vessels are used to support the major fishing industry of the local area. This tour provides an opportunity for a fascinating insight into the rural villages of India, where time seems to have come to a standstill. Proceed to visit the birth place of the Father of the Nation – Mahatma Gandhi – visit his home, hear the stories of his early childhood, get an essence of the humble environment, which gave birth to such an important historical man & freedom movement. The spice market nearby, is an interesting place to walk about, and see the bargaining tactics of both the shopkeepers as well as the local inhabitants. Continue to Bharat Mandir, which has a huge relief map of India on the floor inside. See murals depicting great men and admire the building’s pillars exquisitely adorned with over 100 religious figures and legendary persons from Hindu epics. Finally visit Sudama Mandir – a temple of Sudama the best friend of Lord Krishna from school days. Every Indian has heard of the legendary friendship of king and devotee – Krishna and Sudama – starting from the ashram of Sandipani Rishi and culminating at the court of lord Krishna in the city of gold, Dwarika.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 1 hour
• Transfer by TUK TUK only between Kirti Mandir and Sudama Mandir (approximately 15 minutes)
• Walking approximately 1.5 kilometres
• Primarily flat but uneven, paved terrain
• Approximately 70 Steps
• Comfortable clothing required. Recommend closed toed shoes. All shoes have to be removed to enter temples
• Expect extreme poverty in and around the town
• Photography only permitted in courtyard areas

PORBANDAR TOWN TRANSFER

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-PBD4

Book this coach transfer to explore Porbandar independently. You will be driven from the pier to Sudama Chowk the centre of Porbandar. From here why not visit the spice markets which offer an interesting insight into the bargaining tactics of the shopkeepers as well as the local inhabitants. You can also visit the key highlights of this area, including the Kirti Mandir a building that houses numerous pieces of artwork, and Sudama Mandir, a temple dedicated to the compatriot of Lord Krishna.

MUMBAI | INDIA

Formerly called Bombay, the island city Mumbai is India’s biggest metropolis. Built on elegant colonial
foundations, flashy skyscrapers and designer boutiques give this Bollywood city its cool, glitz and glamour.
The flip side to all the ostentation is that with a population of around seventeen million and thousands more
streaming in daily, Mumbai is desperately overcrowded. The most eclectic and cosmopolitan city in India’s
image is one of interminable chaos and action.

UNEXPLORED MUMBAI

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-MUM7
Highlights:

• Walking tour of Banganga
• Visit to Kotachiwadi
• Refreshments and visit to a local home

Amidst a bustling city of modern buildings and skyscrapers, Mumbai still has pockets that retain their old world charm. Enjoy a walking tour of Banganga, an ancient water tank, which is part of the Walkeshwar Temple Complex. On occasions thousands of people turn up to take a ritual swim in the sacred waters believed to come from the Ganges surrounded by 400-year old temples. In the narrow streets you’ll find the local barber, cobbler, blacksmith and residents of the area going about their daily lives. Next stop on this ‘lifestyle tour’ is a residential area cocooned amidst the hustle and bustle of the city that is called Kotachiwadi. A community of Christians live here and they have preserved their heritage homes and culture. In the alleys you will see their private chapel and their picturesque houses built in typical Portuguese style with carved balconies and small gardens. Finally you have the opportunity to sample local life by visiting a local home. Home made refreshments will be served and you have the chance to look around or chat to the residents about their life in the city.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes
• Walking approximately 1 kilometre
• Rough uneven ground with numerous steps throughout
• Recommend flat, comfortable, enclosed shoes, light clothing and sun protection

3 PANORAMIC MUMBAI & CULTURAL DANCE

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-MUM5
Highlights:

• Leisurely panoramic sightseeing featuring city centre landmarks
• Cultural dance performance held in Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan

Some of Mumbai’s most beautiful buildings dating from the British period are to be found in the heart of the city. This panoramic tour takes you along the windswept promenade Marine Drive past the Old Town Hall and Mumbai University dominated by the famous Rajabai Clock Tower. Admire the High Court topped with the statues of Justice and Mercy. Perhaps the masterpiece of all the buildings from the Victorian era is Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahraj Terminus, which was formerly the Victoria Terminus. The neo-gothic terminus boasts flying buttresses, friezes and stained glass. Stop for photos at the famous Gateway of India built to commemorate King George V’s visit to India in 1911. A cultural dance performance held in Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan concludes your tour.

Practical Info:

• Walking approximately 200 metres
• Approximately 10 steps
• Video cameras not permitted during the cultural performance
• Recommend comfortable footwear, sunhat and sunscreen

GLIMPSES OF THE RAJ

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-MUM3
Highlights:

• Panoramic sightseeing and guided walking tour in the heart of the city
• Interior visit St Thomas Cathedral
• Exterior visit to the University
• Visit Mani Bhavan and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
• Time at leisure in Colaba Causeway
• Buffet lunch

The British left behind a legacy in stone – quite literally – the period architecture from this era contributing to the distinctive character of the city. Admire some of the beautiful monuments including the Asiatic Library, David Sassoon Library and the Army & Navy Building. Walk to Mumbai University where the famous Rajabai Clock Tower still keeps time. Continue on foot past the gothicstyle High Court then visit the city’s first Anglican church – St Thomas Cathedral. Drive past the Fort area towards the Municipal Corporation building and Central Telegraph Office. Masterpiece of them all is the gothic-style Victoria Terminus, now renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. The first train in India pulled out of here in 1853. After lunch visit Mani Bhavan – the old Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. The pretty, two-storey structure now houses a reference library with over 2,000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma’s life and well-preserved memorabilia including an old charkha or spinning wheel the Gandhiji used to use. A stop at Colaba Causeway gives the opportunity to seek out local souvenirs.

Practical Info:

• Walking approximately 2 kilometres
• Primarily flat terrain but some uneven pavements
• Total approximately 200 steps (some quite steep)
• Photography restrictions at Mumbai University and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
• Recommend comfortable footwear and conservative clothing
• This tour is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility

MUMBAI CITY HIGHLIGHTS

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-MUM2
Highlights:

• Panoramic tour featuring famous city landmarks with photo stop at the Gateway of India & Dhobi Ghat
• Guided visits to Krishna Temple, Mani Bhavan & Prince of Wales Museum
• Visit the Hanging Gardens and Kamala Nehru Park

Mumbai’s highlights include such prominent landmarks as the Asiatic Library – the old Town Hall, and the stretch of Marine Drive also called the Queen’s Necklace. Visit the Hanging Gardens and Kamala Nehru Park where you can enjoy an excellent view of the city. Pass the Parsi Towers of Silence en route to Dhobi Ghat. This open-air laundry is still popular with locals despite the advent of the modern washing machine. Visit Mani Bhavan – a museum housed in the former residence of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, who stayed in Mumbai from 1917 to 1934. Mahatma Gandhi regularly visited Krishna Temple. This epicentre of spiritual activity, modelled after the temples of Vrindavan that were influenced by the architecture of Rajastan, accommodates over 140 monks and a growing community of 5,000. See Indian culture, art and design at its finest in the form of hand carved indoor teakwood balconies, precious stone and marble inlays, large original paintings and classical dioramas. A drive through the business districts of South Mumbai passes Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai University and the High Court – all built during the British era. In the early years of the 20th century some eminent citizens of Bombay decided to set up a museum that would commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales. One of the resolutions of the committee was ‘The building should have a handsome and noble structure befitting the site selected, and in keeping with the best style of local architecture’. The result was a magnificent if somewhat strange structure – a confluence of gothic and moorish architecture crowned by a sparkling white dome. Visit the museum before a brief photo stop at the Gateway of India.

Practical Info:

• Walking approximately 1.2 kilometres
• Primarily flat terrain
• Approximately 125 steps (some quite steep)
• Strict conservative dress required
• No footwear or leather items permitted in the temple
• Camera & video permits payable locally are required (no flash photography in Prince of Wales Museum)
• This tour is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility

ELEPHANTA CAVES

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-MUM6
Highlights:

• Guided visit Elephanta Caves
• Photo opportunity at the Gateway to India

Elephanta Caves – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must for anyone wanting an insight into the Hindu religion. Over 1,000 years ago Hindu craftsmen excavated caves in the volcanic rock high up on the slopes of a densely forested island. They depicted their beliefs in massive carvings of exceptional elegance from which a story carved in stone unfolds. Guides will bring to life the bas-relief carvings as they elucidate stories from Indian Mythology. The panels centre on the life of Lord Shiva – The Destroyer. The most impressive panel is that of the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva – The Creator, The Preserver and The Destroyer. A miraculous interplay of light and shade enhance the overall effect.

Practical Info:

• Coach journey up to 30 minutes (each way)
• Boat journey 45 minutes (each way)
• 30 minutes walking (approximately 2 kilometres) to/from the caves (mini train possibly available)
• Approximately 130 steps lead up to the caves (descend same way)
• Possibility to hire single sedan chair (approximately INR 1000) for those not wishing to climb. Service can only be availed and paid directly with the suppliers at the site and cannot be guaranteed
• Uneven surface inside the caves
• Video cameras permitted outside the caves only – fee payable locally. No camera restrictions or fees
• Recommend rubber soled shoes, sunhat and sunscreen

MUMBAI SIGHTS & SHOPPING

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-MUM9
Highlights:

• Photo stop at the Gateway of India
• Visit Mani Bhavan and Prince of Wales Museum
• Free time for shopping in Colaba Causeway

Depart for a photo stop at the Gateway of India, the city’s most famous landmark – an Indo-Saracenic archway built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. It was originally conceived as an entry point for passengers arriving on P&O steamers from England; today it is remembered more often as the place from which the British staged their final departure. You will have the opportunity to visit the Mani Bhavan, old Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. This twostoried structure now houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma’s life, and well preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhi used to use. En-route drive past the Fort area towards the Municipal Corporation building, the Central Telegraph Office and drive past the masterpiece of them all, the Gothic style Victoria Terminus now renamed the ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus”. The first train in India started from this station in 1853. Thereafter proceed to visit the Prince of Wales Museum, crowned by a white Mughal-style dome. The Museum itself houses interesting displays of jade work, weapons from the Mughal Empire that belonged to Shah Jehan, Aurangzeb and Akbar, and clay and terracotta figures from the 3rd century BC. The main attraction is however the superb collection of Indian paintings, including illustrated manuscripts and exquisite miniatures. The tour will also give an opportunity to shop at Colaba Causeway as well for an hour before re-joining the ship.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes
• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Approximately 100 steps
• Flat surface but uneven in a few places
• Comfortable clothing and walking shoes advised
• Water bottles are not allowed inside the Museum

MARMAGAO | INDIA

Though best known for its exotic beaches and pulsating nightlife, the state of Goa on the western coast of
India is gifted with incredible natural beauty. It also has soul, which goes deep into its unique history and rich
culture. Having been the meeting point of races, religions and cultures of East and West over the centuries, Goa
has a multi-hued and distinctive lifestyle quite different from the rest of India. Goa’s main port Mormugoa, or
Marmagoa as the British call it, is your gateway.

SAHAKARI SPICE FARM

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-GOI7
Highlights:

• Guided tour of Sahakari Spice Farm

Indian food is known the world over for its distinctive and rich spice profile. Sahakari Spice Farm gives you a comprehensive understanding of the importance and impact of these spices in India. The farm was started in 1979 /80. It was originally four and a half hectares of cultivated land and fifty-five hectares of barren land. Since then the farm has been developed using the new scientific techniques in conjunction with the age-old concepts of mixed crop farming. New and scientific techniques like using sprinklers for irrigation are used in the farm to recreate the climatic conditions prevailing in the rainy season. These scientific methods coupled with older water harvesting methods help in water conservation to a very large extent. During your visit you’ll see where the spices are grown, learn about the growing process and how they are used. Since time immemorial people have visited India and traded with the locals in a variety of different spices. Your visit will also give you an insight into the use of spices both in normal diet and for the treatment of different diseases. The farm also serves as a model place for farmers and students to carry out different experiments and research, for which no fees are charged.

Practical Info:

• Journey time 75 minutes (each way)
• Walking approximately 400 metres
• Primarily rough, uneven ground with some steps throughout the plantation
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear, light layered clothing & sun protection

HIGHLIGHTS OF OLD GOA

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-GOI1
Highlights:

• Walk through Fontainhas – the Latin Quarter
• Guided visits of Se Cathedral, the Basilica of Bom Jesus & Mangueshi Temple

Old Goa stands as testimony not only to the reality of Portuguese rule in the country but also to the grandeur and wealth of the city during the reign. Visit the imposing Se Cathedral dedicated to St Catherine and one of the largest churches in the city. The majestic church was built in 1562 in Manueline with Corinthian style architecture. It is intricately carved from top to bottom and has 15 altars dedicated to several identities – Our Lady of Hope, Our Lady of Anguish and Our Lady of Three Needs. The grand altar is dedicated to St Catherine of Alexandria. Jesuits built the Basilica of Bom Jesus in the 16th century. The church was elevated to the status of a minor basilica in 1946 and today is perhaps the most important and frequently visited church in Old Goa. Renowned throughout the Catholic world, the Basilica of Bom Jesus houses the mortal remains of Goa’s patron saint, St Francis Xavier, who died while on a sea voyage to China on December 2nd, 1552. Your insight into India’s religious philosophy continues at Mangueshi Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Mangueshi – and incarnation of Shiva. Shree Mangueshi Temple is located away from Panjim City in the village of Priol in Ponda Taluka. In the 16th century the linga of his temple was brought to Priol from the village of Cortalim to avoid desecration by the Portuguese Government. It was constructed in the 18th century. Lord Shiva is worshipped here in the form of Mangesh. The ‘Deepastambha’ – a seven-storey octagonal lamp tower, is an eye-catching structure. Finally enjoy a walk through Fontainhas, the Latin Quarter built by the Portuguese.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 1 hour 20 minutes
• Walking approximately 1 kilometre
• Paved streets & some rough, uneven terrain
• Total approximately 15 steps
• Strict conservative dress required (shoes to be removed to enter the temple – suggest carry spare thick socks)
• Recommend comfortable footwear, sunhat and sunscreen
• This tour is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility

BEACH EXPLORER

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-GOI6
Highlights:

• Time at leisure at Bogmalo Beach
• Refreshments in a resort

Azure seas and golden beaches are synonymous with Goa. Bogmalo Beach offers a mixture of serenity and commercialism, splashed with simple beauty. Initially Bogmalo Beach was a fishing village until tourism caught hold in the small Indian State of Goa. Despite modern eateries and hi-tech shops selling handicrafts surrounding the village, Bogmalo still manages to stay alive. The beach is very clean and unlike other beaches in Goa, it is not crowded. This tour gives you the opportunity to swim and relax at the poolside of a hotel, or soak up the sun on the beach. Light refreshments will be served at the resort.

Practical Info:

• Journey time 30 minutes (each way)
• Approximate walking distance 500 metres transfer from the coach
• Paved pathways & sand / pebble beach
• Changing facilities available
• Fee payable for sun beds
• Towels provided at an additional cost
• Recommend beach shoes beach wear and good sun protection

COCHIN | INDIA

A trading port since at least Roman times on the main trade route between Europe and China, Cochin is
underlined by the sobriquet ‘Queen of the Arabian Seas’. On the south west coast of the Indian peninsula,
this city of peninsulas and islands with a mainland centre has a magnificent natural harbour created by the
underwater Malabar mud banks that ensure calm waters. One of India’s largest ports, Cochin – a major naval
base and headquarters of the Southern Command of the Indian Navy, is gateway to the breathtakingly scenic and
prosperous state of Kerala – hailed as ‘God’s Own Country’.

THE RELIGIOUS ART & ARCHITECTURE OF COCHIN

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-COK9
Highlights:

• Visit Dutch Palace and Indo-Portuguese Museum
• Kalarippayattu performance

Kerala has stood at the crossroads of civilizations for centuries, if not millennia: Phoenicians, Romans, Chinese, Arab Muslims and Christian Portuguese have all, at various times, engaged in trade along this fertile stretch of the Malabar Coast. This constant contact with other parts of the globe has given the region a diverse religious and artistic history. This tour will explore art, architecture and theatre associated with these traditions. You will begin your day with a visit to the old Jewish quarter of Kochi. Catch a glimpse of south Indian temple art in the Mattancherry Palace, which houses impressive sixteenth century murals depicting stories from the ancient Hindu epics (the Ramayana and Mahabharata) and from medieval Puranic mythology. Visit the Indo-Portuguese Museum as well & proceed to watch ‘Kalarippayattu’, perhaps the oldest Martial Art form & ‘Fusion Dance Show’ – combination of Keralan Dance & Temple art forms.

Practical Info:

• Journey time 30 minutes (each way)
• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Flat terrain, uneven in some places.
• Minimal steps
• Recommend comfortable clothing, a sun hat and sunscreen

KERALA BACKWATERS & FORT COCHIN

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-COK4
Highlights:

• Leisurely cruise on the breathtakingly beautiful backwaters
• Orientation tour of Fort Cochin with visit to St Francis Church
• Lunch in Alleppey

An unbelievably beautiful natural paradise, Kerala’s famous backwaters are renowned worldwide and Alleppey is rightly called the Venice of the East. Cruise the narrow maze of canals and tranquil backwaters of this verdant area surrounded by coconut plantations. Enjoy a glimpse into the lives of the locals going about their daily chores where they live along the banks of the canals. See how time seems to stand still in the romantic backwaters where ripples of serenity and islets of calm are complimented by gently whispering palms. After lunch in Alleppey you drive to Fort Cochin for an introduction to the highlights of the city including St Francis Church and the unique Chinese fishing nets along the coast.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 2 hours
• 2-hour cruise in covered boat with very basic toilet
• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Flat terrain
• Minimal steps
• Video cameras not permitted inside St Francis Church
• Recommend comfortable footwear, a sunhat and sunscreen
• Conservative dress required

HERITAGE WALK WITH TUK TUK EXPERIENCE

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-COK7
Highlights:

• Visit Fort Cochin, St Francis Church and Chinese Fishing Nets
• Tuk Tuk drive to Fisherman Village
• Meet the local fisherman

Each foreign power that set foot in Cochin, has left behind something for posterity, which has added to the distinct character of the city. Fort Cochin is the home to some of the oldest European architecture in India and has been a significant settlement ever since Cochin Harbour was discovered. Unlike the bustling Ernakulum, the twin cities of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry have preserved an extraordinary wealth of early colonial architecture spanning the Portuguese, Dutch and the British eras- a crop unparalleled in India. On this tour you will visit the Fort Cochin area to see the St. Francis Church. St. Francis Church was the first European Church to be built in India. The history of this Church reflects the colonial struggle of European powers in India, from the 15th to 20th Century. The Portuguese Vasco da Gama was the first European to discover the sea route to India. In 1503 Alphonso Alburquerque was given permission by the Rajah of Cochin to build a fort at the mouth of the river. Within the Fort they erected a church of wood, which was dedicated to St. Bartholomew. You will also view the Chinese Fishing Nets a unique symbol of centuries old Chinese influence on this coast. Chinese fishing nets in Cochin are locally known as Cheenavala. In Cochin, the Chinese nets are suspended in the mid-air all along the coast. The nets are set up on bamboo or teak poles and are basically fixed land installations. These nets are horizontally suspended over the sea, giving an appearance of huge hammock. The technique of fishing by Chinese fishing nets differs from the technique of ordinary fishing nets. Thereafter you will visit a local fisherman village where you will get the opportunity to interact with the local fishermen and learn about their daily activities to run the house.

Practical Info:

• Journey time 30 minutes (each way)
• Walking approximately 1.5 kilometres
• Flat terrain
• Minimal steps
• Video cameras and flash photography not permitted inside St Francis Church
• Recommend comfortable clothing, a sunhat and sunscreen

HIGHLIGHTS OF COCHIN

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-COK1
Highlights:

• Panoramic sightseeing tour of Cochin
• Visit to the Dutch Palace, Indo-Portugese Museum and St Francis Church

Every foreign power that set foot in Cochin left something behind for posterity adding to the city’s distinct character of the city. On this tour you visit the Mattancherry area to see the Dutch palace built by the Portuguese in 1555 and renovated by the Dutch in 1663. The most interesting aspect however is the panel of murals in the bed chambers and other rooms depicting scenes from the Ramayana and pyranic legends connected with gods from the Hindu mythology. The Jewish community has also left behind a legacy and as you walk through the Jewish Street you will see both sides lined by picture postcard houses with shops selling a variety of things from spices to antiques. The museum was open in a bid to protect and showcase the rich cultural heritage and Portuguese influence. The museum now showcases the Portuguese influences on Fort Kochi and the surrounding areas, especially the western parts of Kochi. Thereafter proceed to Fort Cochin area to visit St. Francis Church the oldest European Church in India built by the Portuguese, view the Chinese Fishing Nets a unique symbol of centuries old Chinese influence on this coast.

Practical Info:

• Walking totals approximately 1.5 kilometres
• Primarily flat terrain
• Approximately 20 steps
• Video cameras not permitted inside St Francis Church
• Shoes are to be removed outside St Francis Church
• Recommend comfortable footwear, a sunhat and sunscreen
• Conservative clothing required

COLOMBO | SRI LANKA

With a large natural harbour and strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, ancient traders knew
Colombo some 2,000 years ago. It became capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in
1815 and its status as capital was retained when the nation became independent in 1948. Administrative functions
were moved to Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte in 1978, so today Colombo is Sri Lanka’s commercial capital.

ELEPHANTS OF PINNAWELA

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-CMB2
Highlights:

• Visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
• Lunch in a local restaurant

Before the arrival of the British in 1815 an estimated 30,000 elephants lived in Sri Lanka. In the 1960’s the elephant population was close to extinction. This prompted the Sri Lankan government to found an orphanage in 1975 for elephants that had lost their mothers or herds. It started with seven orphans, some of whom have enjoyed the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. Today there are around seventy-five elephants at Pinnawela and around 3,000 in the country. Some 110 people are employed to care for the herd feeding them with leaves from palm trees and twice a day the elephants make the journey to the river to bathe.

Practical Info:

• Journey time approximately 3 hours (each way)
• Walking approximately 1.5 kilometres
• Some rough, gravel paths
• Minimal steps
• Recommend comfortable clothing and footwear
• Sunscreen, sunglasses and hats are recommended
• If the river if flooded bathing cannot take place andalternative arrangements will be made
• Professional camera/video fees at Pinnawela arelevied in US$, payable locally and arranged by in advance only
• Elephants in Pinnawela are not fully tamed. Visitors should not get too close to the animals

CEYLON TEA EXPERIENCE

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-CMB9
Highlights:

• Visit the Akuressa Tea Plantation
• Watch the harvesting and production process
• Tea Tasting
• Colombo Orientation Tour

Depart the pier for the Akuressa Tea Plantation, this tea factory has 39 acres of organic tea gardens that have been certified by IMO in Switzerland. They are in the process of branching out to make premium organic green teas with knowledge acquired from China, the birthplace of Green Tea. You will get to witness the tea being plucked from the grounds of the estate and watch the process of drying them using traditional Chinese methods tea take place. There will be an opportunity afterwards to try some of the tea produced at the plantation, as well as to buy some of the fresh finished product as well. On your return to the port there will be a brief city orientation tour of Colombo.

Practical Info:

• Longest Journey approximately 2 ¾ Hours
• Walking approximately 1.5 kilometres
• Flat terrain with some steps
• Minimal steps
• Recommend comfortable clothing and footwear
• Sunscreen, sunglasses and hats are recommended

COLOMBO CONTRASTS

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-CMB4
Highlights:

• Panoramic sightseeing tour
• Visits to Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple
• Refreshments at Hotel Kingsbury

Like many capital cities in developing countries Colombo is fast changing its face. Almost overnight skyscrapers rose from where old buildings once stood. Yet, in some part the Old World charm is still retained. A panoramic tour highlights the 100-yearold clock tower, some fine British colonial buildings, Cinnamon Gardens residential area with stately homes of the affluent and Bandarandayake Memorial International Conference Hall – an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People’s Republic of China. Pass the Old Parliament in Fort, Independence Square and the University of Colombo Royal College, which with 7,500 students is probably one of the largest schools in Asia. Gangaramaya Temple stands on what was once a swamp adjoining Colombo’s famous Beira Lake. Venerable Hikkaduwe Sri Sumanagala Nayaka Thera – one of the most famous scholar monks, established the temple over 120 years. It has grown from a small hermitage to become a vibrant complex with an assembly hall for monks, a vocational institute and the temple sited in the picturesque lake. Refreshments at Hotel Kingsbury complete this tour.

Practical Info:

• Walking approximately 200 metres
• Flat, paved paths
• Approximately 15 steps
• Conservative dress required to enter the temple (shoes and hats to be removed). It is advisable to carry a pair of sock as the temple flooring will be hot
• Photography permitted inside the temple

MUSCAT MAGIC - 2-NIGHT CITY STAY

You could choose to extend your holiday with a 2-night stay in the luxurious Al Falaj Hotel in Muscat before your cruise. It is conveniently located in the heart of Oman’s immaculate capital, offering easy access to a host of attractions, and boasts excellent facilities including a health club, beauty salon and swimming pool. An included city tour will introduce you to the many dazzling highlights of Muscat – one of the most exotic cities on the Arabian Peninsula. Admire the Sultan’s Al Alam Palace, surrounded by 16th century Portuguese forts, and visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum, once a private residence, where you’ll discover a fascinating collection of Omani artefacts. A highlight of your tour will be the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a glorious example of modern Islamic architecture. Step inside to discover the breathtaking prayer hall which displays one of the world’s largest handmade Persian carpets and a 20-tonne Swarovski crystal chandelier. Your tour concludes with the chance to bargain for unique souvenirs at the famous Muttrah Souk.

PRICE PER PERSON
TWIN: £399 SINGLE: £459

Price includes:
• 2 nights’ accommodation at the 4-star Al Falaj Hotel, with breakfast
• All coach transportation between the airport/hotel/ship*
•Guided City Tour

*Applicable only for those passengers on package bookings. Please see general information for further details.
Prices subject to change.

WONDERS OF OMAN - 5-NIGHT EXTENSION

Choose to discover Oman’s glorious treasures before your cruise, on this Arabian adventure which begins in its exotic capital. An included tour will introduce you to Muscat’s highlights, including the imposing Grand Mosque and the famous Muttrah Souk, before heading to the historic town of Nizwa. More fascinating sights await on day three as you admire Nizwa Fort, with its massive circular cannon tower, and step back in time at Misfah, known for its 400-year-old mud houses and UNESCOlisted falaj. Soak up wonderful views during stops at Wadi Gul and Wadi Nakhar, where remote villages are perched at the edge of a canyon, and Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest peak. Next to be explored is Wahiba Sands, whose ever-changing patterns of dunes are a photographer’s dream. As sunset falls you’ll be taken on a memorable four-wheel drive dune safari here, before enjoying a barbecue dinner at Sama Al Wasil Camp and settling into your tent. In the middle of the barren and dry mountains is beautiful Wadi Bani Khalid, with its pools of clear, deep-blue water. Perhaps take a refreshing dip before continuing to the limestone sinkhole in Bimah en route back to Muscat. An evening at leisure brings your adventure to a relaxing conclusion.

PRICE PER PERSON
TWIN: £1,149 SINGLE: £1,599

Price includes:
• 2 nights’ accommodation at the Al Falaj Hotel in Muscat, with breakfast
• 2 nights’ accommodation at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Nizwa, with breakfast
• 1 night’s accommodation at the Sama Al Wasil Camp, with dinner and breakfast
• Lunch on days 2-5
• All coach transportation between the airport/ hotel/ship
• City tour of Muscat
• Visits to the Old Fort of Nizwa, Al Hamra and Misfah, Wadi Gul and Wadi Nakhar, Jebel Shams and Wadi Bani Khalid
• Sunset sand dune drive at Wahiba Sands

*Applicable only for those passengers on package bookings. Please see general information for further details.
Prices subject to change.

SRI LANKA’S WORLD HERITAGE - 4-NIGHT EXTENSION

Extend your holiday at the end of your cruise with this 4-night tour which introduces a host of Sri Lanka’s ancient treasures. Discover the extraordinary site of Sigiriya, a complex including moats, a gallery of frescoes painted on the rock face, water gardens that extend hundreds of metres out from the base of the rock and the impressive Lion Gate. At one time this stairway led through the jaws of a stone lion but all that remains now are two huge paws. Sri Lanka’s first capital Anuradhapura is another highlight. At its peak it was home to dozens of monasteries housing thousands of monks and was considered the greatest monastic city of the ancient world. Admire archaeological gems in the country’s second capital, Polonnaruwa, and visit the Dambulla Rock Temple and the famous Dambulla Caves. Here you will see many paintings and impressive statues of Buddha carved into the rock. .

PRICE PER PERSON
TWIN: £799 SINGLE: £999

Price includes:
• 1 night’s accommodation at the HotelCinnamon Lakeside, Colombo and 3 nights’ accommodation at the Hotel Sigiriya, on a half-board basis
• Lunch on days 1-4 post-cruise
•All coach transportation between the airport/ hotel/ship
• Visits to the frescoes and ruins at Sigiriya, the archaeological ruins and Aukana Buddha Statue at Anuradhapura, the archaeological ruins at Polonnaruwa and Dambulla Rock Temple and Caves
• Panoramic city tour of Colombo
•Services of a local English-speaking guide

*Applicable only for those passengers on package bookings. Please see general information for further details.
Prices subject to change.

INDIA’S GOLDEN TRIANGLE - 4-NIGHT EXTENSION

This 4-night excursion is a wonderful way to extend your holiday at the end of your cruise as you discover the treasures of India’s Golden Triangle. New Delhi’s highlights include the iconic India Gate, imposing Parliament House, the ancient Qutub Minar – a soaring tower of sandstone – and Humayun’s Tomb, thought to be a prototype of the Taj Mahal. In Old Delhi admire the spectacular Red Fort and the impressive marble domes of Jama Masjid Mosque, and see Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. En route to Jaipur, the city painted pink by Maharaja’s decree, a stop will be made at the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikiri, built to celebrate the birth of Emperor Akbar’s son but destined to become a ghost town overnight. In Agra, stroll through the chambers of the red sandstone Agra Fort and catch a glimpse of the incredible Taj Mahal. Your visit to this shimmering white-marble architectural wonder set in classical gardens is an undoubted highlight of this cruise extension. Built by the Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz, it took 20,000 men 20 years to complete and is sure to take your breath away.

PRICE PER PERSON
TWIN: £1,199 SINGLE: £1,599

Price includes:
• Flight Colombo / Delhi
• 2 nights’ accommodation at the Hotel Shangri-La, Delhi, 1 night’s accommodation at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Agra and 1 night’s accommodation at Le Meridien Hotel, Jaipur
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the tour
• Visits to Amber Fort, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikiri and Taj Mahals
• City sightseeing tours of Old and New Delhi
• All coach transportation between the airport/hotel/ship
• Porterage at airport/hotels
• Services of a local English-speaking guide

*Applicable only for those passengers on package bookings. Please see general information for further details.
Prices subject to change.

ROYAL INDIA & AGRA OVERLAND - 3-NIGHT PREMIUM TOUR FROM MUMBAI

the rich history and diverse cultures of Delhi, the capital of several empires including the powerful Mughal dynasty who ruled until the British took over. New Delhi reflects the legacy the British left behind, whilst the walled city of Old Delhi gives a glimpse into its imperial past. Sightseeing tours on days 1 and 4 will showcase the highlights of both. Admire the iconic India Gate, the red sandstone tower, Qutub Minar, and Parliament House as well as the 16th century Tomb of Humayun and Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, the ‘Father of the Nation’. Agra in Uttar Pradesh is home to many outstanding sights with the majestic Taj Mahal its jewel. Lose yourself in the breathtaking beauty of this magnificent mausoleum built of shimmering white marble and inlaid with semiprecious stones. It is the world’s most extravagant expression of one man’s love for a woman. You’ll also visit the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort, which was the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire, and uncover the mysterious legacies of Fatehpur Sikri – a unique city built to celebrate the birth of Emperor Akbar’s son which was destined to become a ghost town. This tour departs Mumbai on 16th November 2016 and rejoins the ship in Cochin

PRICE PER PERSON
TWIN: £1,545 SINGLE: £1,875

Price includes:
• Flights between Mumbai/Delhi and Delhi/Cochin
• 2 nights’ accommodation at the Hotel Shangri La, Delhi, 1 night’s accommodation at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Agra
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the tour
• Visits to Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikiri and Taj Mahal
• City sightseeing tours of Old and New Delhi
• All coach transportation between the airport/hotel/ship
• Porterage at airport/hotels
• Services of a local English-speaking guide

*Applicable only for those passengers on package bookings. Please see general information for further details.
Prices subject to change.

DR LOUISE BONNER
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Louise studied geography at Liverpool University, gained a postgraduate scholarship to study ecology and forest management at Harvard in the USA and returned to do her doctorate at Liverpool University, focusing on environmental management. For 35 years, her professional career was spent as a university geography lecturer, specialising in biogeography, wildlife ecology, environmental management, historical geography, tourism and sustainable development.

NEIL BONNER

Neil Bonner has been a journalist for almost 50 years, starting as a reporter on a local weekly newspaper in his hometown of Stafford. After moving on to regional evening papers, he began to specialise in writing about television and show business, which he still does today. A freelance writer for the past 20 years, Neil has met and interviewed hundreds of celebrities, from soap stars to Hollywood greats; from comic legends to rock and pop icons. So, as you can imagine, he has plenty of entertaining stories to tell about his life with the stars. Having written for dozens of evening papers and every major national newspaper, as well as for titles such as Woman’s Own, OK! Magazine, The Stage and TV Times, it’s hardly surprising that he is in demand to pass on his experience in lectures to media students and writers’ groups.

BRIGADIER PHILIP SANDERS CBE
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After training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Philip served 30 years in the British Army retiring in the rank of brigadier. He had commanded the 4th Royal Tank Regiment, the British Army of the Rhine’s reconnaissance forces, the tri-national Berlin Relief Force and was a Director of Operations at Joint Force Headquarters during the 1st Gulf War. He attended and instructed at the Army Staff College also attended the Royal College of Defence Studies. He was awarded the CBE in 1986. As a life-long student of military history, he specialises in 20th Century campaigns and focuses on the operational and logistic management of war.

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£1983
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Promenade Deck minimum 124 sq ft
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Premium toiletries
Outside - Standard
£2619
£2095
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stateroom Grade Logo
Raleigh Deck minimum 122 sq ft
  • 2 Portholes
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Premium toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Flat screen television
  • Safe
  • Air-conditioning
Outside - Superior
£2799
£2239
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stateroom Grade Logo
Livingstone Deck minimum 108 sq ft
  • 2 Portholes
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Flat screen television
  • Safe
  • Air-conditioning
  • Premium toiletries
Outside - Superior view
£2939
£2351
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stateroom Grade Logo
Columbus Deck minimum 129 sq ft
  • Picture window
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Flat screen television
  • Safe
  • Air-conditioning
Outside - Deluxe
SOLD OUT
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stateroom Grade Logo
Promenade Deck minimum 214 sq ft
  • Sitting area (2 chairs) and window
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over
  • Hairdryer
  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Premium toiletries
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
Junior Suite
SOLD OUT
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stateroom Grade Logo
Promenade Deck minimum 257 sq ft
  • Sitting room (1 sofa) and window
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over
  • Hairdryer
  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Daily Canapés
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Upgraded bed linen and towels
  • Premium toiletries
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
  • Option to book early or late sitting dinner in the restaurant
Balcony Suite
SOLD OUT
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stateroom Grade Logo
Promenade Deck minimum 216 sq ft
  • Sitting room
  • Window and balcony
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over
  • Hairdryer
  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Daily canapés
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Upgraded bed linen and towels
  • Premium toiletries
  • Priority embarkation/disembarkation
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
  • Fully stocked mini bar on arrival (replenishments paid for thereafter)
  • Option to book early or late sitting dinner in the restaurant
Balcony Suite with Spa Bath
SOLD OUT
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Bridge Deck minimum 303 sq ft
  • Sitting room
  • Window and balcony
  • Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and shower over
  • Hairdryer
  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Daily canapés

 

  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Upgraded bed linen and towels
  • Premium toiletries
  • Priority embarkation/disembarkation
  • Dinner at an Officer's table
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
  • Fully stocked mini bar on arrival (replenishments paid for thereafter)
  • Option to book early or late sitting dinner in the restaurant
Owners Suite
£6109
£4887
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stateroom Grade Logo
Bridge Deck approx. 342 sq ft
  • Sitting room
  • Window and balcony
  • Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and shower over
  • Hairdryer
  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Daily canapés
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Upgraded bed linen and towels
  • Premium toiletries
  • Priority embarkation/disembarkation
  • Dinner at an Officer's table
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
  • Fully stocked mini bar on arrival (replenishments paid for thereafter)
  • Option to book early or late sitting dinner in the restaurant


For detailed fare information, please see 'Offers' tab above.

Prices shown are per person based on two sharing.

Single Occupancy prices are available please call 01858 897377 for more details.

Fares shown are a guide only - please call the above number for the latest up to date pricing and availability.

Great saver fares available

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Saver Fares offer great value if you are happy to have your cabin allocated just prior to departure, while Standard Fares include benefits such as your choice of cabin category, location and number, a complimentary chauffeur service to the port or airport for higher grade cabins or car parking at the port/coach transfers from central London on selected no-fly cruises.

All Saver Fares are per person based on two people sharing lowest twin-bedded inside/outside/balcony cabin category currently available, include all applicable savings, are for new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other discounts and must be booked two business days before departure. Not all cabin categories are offering Saver Fares, please check individual cruise for details.

All fares are subject to availability and may be changed or withdrawn at any time. No retrospective discounts can be applied. Prices include port charges, pre-paid airport and government taxes, service fees and on board gratuities for your cabin steward, dining room waiter and his assistant. Saver Fares have limited availability, are payable in full at time of booking and 100% cancellation and amendment fees apply and are not combinable with any other offer. Cabin category, location and number will not be confirmed at time of booking but allocated nearer your departure. Saver Fares also exclude complimentary chauffeur service to the port/airport, car parking at the port, past passenger discount, back-to-back discount and coach transfers on no-fly cruises. Saver Fares must be booked two business days prior to the cruise departure date.

 

YOUR FARE INCLUDES

Standard Fare

Saver Fare

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*Payable in full at time of booking, 100% cancellation and amendment fees apply.

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